How to Imagine Lucia Joyce.

Who was Lucia Joyce and how might we imagine her?

Lucia has been portrayed in a number of ways: as Joyce’s muse, Samuel Beckett’s lover, an ill-fated dancer, and as clinically insane.


On Tuesday 11th June, The James Joyce Centre hosted an evening discussing the merits and pitfalls of imagining who Lucia was, and how to balance creative responsibility with shedding light on an underdeveloped subject. The panel featured award-winning actress Úna Kavanagh who performed an excerpt from Caoileann Curry-Thompson’s play about Lucia, Rosefrail and Fair.

Úna Kavanagh performing at The James Joyce Centre

Film-maker and dancer Áine Stapleton showed research footage from her new film Horrible Creature, the second in a proposed trilogy that is based on Lucia. The first part of the documentary is entitled Medicated Milk. The panel was coordinated by Genevieve Sartor, who is completing a PhD on Lucia Joyce and psychoanalysis at Trinity College Dublin.

Áine Stapleton discussing her documentary.